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Ms. Emanuelle's performance as Mo is certainly spectacular, but I don't think I've seen better screen acting in 2018 than Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's work as Darrel.
Given a handful of fine performances, it's pretty easy to overlook the familiarity of the sports-drama beats to come.
[Newman] tells an unvarnished story that grapples with the complexity of father-daughter relationships and the desperation of feeling like you have no choices.
A tough film with a tender streak for its protagonist and her struggles.
Newman doesn't give the film much room to breathe, or to develop Monique as a person beyond her dysfunctions and the solutions thereof. The film's connect-the-dots approach to storytelling leaves it gasping for slice-of-life details.
Every punch hurts, and Newman doesn't skimp on the bruises and blood.
A "Girlfight" size star is born in Elvire Emmanuelle. The movie around her takes a few wrong turns, though.
Elvyre Emanuelle has a breakout performance as Monique.
Compelling teen drama has violence and language.
As a platform for a pair of incredibly exciting new talents, one behind the camera and one in front of it, First Match is a winner.
[Yahya] Abdul-Mateen ll is excellent in the role of this self-serving, ill-equipped parent, but this movie belongs to [Elvire] Emanuelle, who is clearly a star in the making.
The movie's take on Black girl magic doesn't sparkle with glitter, but it honors our experiences nonetheless, daring you not to look away, even when you want to.
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